AAP MP Bhagwant Mann apologises; Kirit Somaiya's led panel to recommend quantum of punishment 

The panel in the meeting on Tuesday found members divided on recommending the quantum of punishment.

Published: 29th November 2016 09:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th November 2016 09:13 PM   |  A+A-

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BJP MP Kirit Somaiya (File|PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: While the Parliamentary panel examining the breach of security by the Aam Admi Party (AAP) Bhgwant Mann found him guilty, it failed to arrive at a consensus on punishment to be meted out to the Punjab leader. The panel headed by the BJP MP Kirit Somaiya will meet on Wednesday again to finalise the report, which will also recommend quantum of punishment to the AAP leader.

The nine-member Parliamentary panel has been investigating Mann’s controversial video of the Parliament House complex, which he had uploaded on the social media. The Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan had barred Mann from attending the proceedings of the House.

The panel in the meeting on Tuesday found members divided on recommending the quantum of punishment. “A few members argued that he should be a given a token punishment of suspension for a day, while others wanted for more number of days. There were a few who argued that there should be no suspension at all, as Mann had already unconditionally apologised,” sources said while adding that the members favouring leniency stressed that the AAP MP had already been not attending the proceedings of the House.

Mann had earlier demanded that “Prime Minister Narendra Modi be also summoned for inviting the ISI to the Pathankot air base after the terror attack”. However, he had withdrawn his demand.

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